Since ELGL is not a big fan of icebreakers and since we would rather not know what animal you want to be, this blog feature will serve as a means of introducing new members. While you won’t learn about their favorite animal, you will learn about their ideal Sunday morning, which dead people would they FaceTime with, and which song best describes their life.
Name: Aaron Bogle
Email: [email protected]
Current Position: Neighborhood Program Project Specialist at City of Beaverton
Education: University of Oregon
Background Check on Aaron
Aaron recently accepted a position with the City of Beaverton as a Neighborhood Program Project Specialist, providing assistance to the Neighborhood and Community Services department.
In July 2011, he went through the City of Beaverton’s International Sustainability Leadership Project, a three week program bringing together 25 young adults from Beaverton, and 25 young adults from Germany, Russia, France, South Korea and Taiwan to learn about sustainable business practices in the region. He learned through guest speakers and site visits about how local and regional businesses are making changes to be more sustainable. The project culminated in presentations from groups of the participants to the Mayor and the Mayors of the sister cities of Beaverton.
Q&A with Aaron
Tell us about three projects that you are working on.
I am working on outreach for the upcoming City Update events with Mayor Doyle, where residents of Beaverton have a chance to come out to a neighborhood meeting and get an update on the city and their neighborhood straight from the Mayor. It’s a great opportunity for people to interact with the Mayor, ask questions and learn more about what is happening in their city. There are three City Update events in May so I’ve been busy running around town dropping off posters and flyers!
Service to Beaverton Awards are another project I’m currently working on. The awards exist to recognize citizens who have made positive contributions to the city. There are several categories so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, making sure I get the word out to all the right people. If you know someone who should be nominated, fill out a nomination form today!
I’m also working with the Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committees, or NACs for short. The NACs are a great way for people to keep up to date on the goings on at city hall and to send feedback to the city when they have a suggestion or idea. I’m trying to get eleven different groups to all agree on logo designs so I can get them tee shirts printed up in the next month and a half on top of everything else. We’ll see how that goes!
(Complete the sentence) Before I die I want to…make a positive impact on the world around me. And skydive. In a tuxedo.
Describe the inside of your car:
It’s cleaner than my room, that’s a fact.
Best tip for improving a resume.
Have a few friends proofread it and don’t use any “fluff”.
Most recent concert:
Death Cab for Cutie at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last year. Fantastic show!
If you could only visit five websites for the next year, which ones would you choose?
Proudest career/school accomplishment:Graduating college.
What song best describes your life?
Gangnam Style by PSY
If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?
- My Grandfather,
- President Obama and
- Joe Strummer
Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL annual conference.
- how sustainability impacts the way government operates
- the effect perceived quality of life has on a region
Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning:
Make pancakes and read the comics in the paper
Government is…..vital to a healthy community.
ELGL is….a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people and build my network!
What question(s) should I have asked you?
You should have asked me about my favorite breweries in town. It’s constantly changing but the steadfast #1 is Upright Brewing.
- Scott Pingel, Dayton City Manager
- Rob Caballero, Willamette University MBA
- Melanie Cutler, Oregon Department of Revenue
- Stephanie Tripp, Oregon Health Authority, Public Affairs
- Andrew Spaeth, Oregon State Master of Public Policy
- Carlos Soriano, Business & Employment Specialist at State of Oregon
- Ellen Currier, Lane Council of Governments
- Eric Battles, University of Southern California
- Michelle Tagmyer, City of Beaverton Public Information
- Evan Fransted, University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs
- Ben Patinkin, Patinkin Research Strategies
- Emma Williams, Oregon Metro
- Nick Herrera, State of Oregon
- Lauren Stott, Village of Montgomery, IL
- Beth Otto, City of Lake Oswego and PSU MURP Student
- Bradley Olin, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Adam Hackman, Drake University MPA Student
- Tamara Richards, City of Eugene
- Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
- Dan Blue, City of Gresham
- Michael Parkhurst, City of Gresham
I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.